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The Republic

Plato

One of the key works of world philosophy, Plato’s The Republic sets out to consider the principles behind an ideal city state. This is the first audio recording of Plato’s great classic in a new translation by the Greek scholar Tom Griffith. No sooner than Bruce Alexander had left the studio having recorded Thomas Hardy, he was back at his Oxfordshire home studying hard for the next Naxos AudioBooks project Plato’s The Republic. ‘There couldn’t have been a greater contrast – the deeply emotional Hardy, and the rationalist character of Socrates,’ admitted Bruce Alexander. And both are about as far away possible from the character for which he is probably best known, Superintendent Mullett in the British TV series A Touch of Frost. ‘That is what being an actor is all about,’ declared Alexander. ‘The worst thing for us is when are typecast, which can happen so easily.’ Fortunately, this happens less the Audiobook/radio medium than on or film where visual concerns can be paramount.’ This recording of The Republic uses the new translation by Tom Griffith, who prepared it for Cambridge University Press. It will be released by CUP in the near future, but is ‘previewed’ by this abridgement made by the translator himself. ‘I started translating because I found that when I was teaching, and read from existing translations, I could see the interest fade from my pupils’ eyes, explained Griffith. ‘But I know this can capture the imagination and thoughts of young people, and so I started translating passages in language which was as contemporary as the original would have been in the fifth century B. C.’ The Republic is one of a number of translations he has now included – among others is Symposium.

One of the key works of world philosophy, Plato’s The Republic sets out to consider the principles behind an ideal city state. This is the first audio recording of Plato’s great classic in a new translation by the Greek scholar Tom Griffith. No sooner than Bruce Alexander had left the studio having recorded Thomas Hardy, he was back at his Oxfordshire home studying hard for the next Naxos AudioBooks project Plato’s The Republic. ‘There couldn’t have been a greater contrast – the deeply emotional Hardy, and the rationalist character of Socrates,’ admitted Bruce Alexander. And both are about as far away possible from the character for which he is probably best known, Superintendent Mullett in the British TV series A Touch of Frost. ‘That is what being an actor is all about,’ declared Alexander. ‘The worst thing for us is when are typecast, which can happen so easily.’ Fortunately, this happens less the Audiobook/radio medium than on or film where visual concerns can be paramount.’ This recording of The Republic uses the new translation by Tom Griffith, who prepared it for Cambridge University Press. It will be released by CUP in the near future, but is ‘previewed’ by this abridgement made by the translator himself. ‘I started translating because I found that when I was teaching, and read from existing translations, I could see the interest fade from my pupils’ eyes, explained Griffith. ‘But I know this can capture the imagination and thoughts of young people, and so I started translating passages in language which was as contemporary as the original would have been in the fifth century B. C.’ The Republic is one of a number of translations he has now included – among others is Symposium.
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Philosophy

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One of the key works of world philosophy, Plato’s The Republic sets out to consider the principles behind an ideal city state. This is the first audio recording of Plato’s great classic in a new translation by the Greek scholar Tom Griffith. No sooner than Bruce Alexander had left the studio having recorded Thomas Hardy, he was back at his Oxfordshire home studying hard for the next Naxos AudioBooks project Plato’s The Republic. ‘There couldn’t have been a greater contrast – the deeply emotional Hardy, and the rationalist character of Socrates,’ admitted Bruce Alexander. And both are about as far away possible from the character for which he is probably best known, Superintendent Mullett in the British TV series A Touch of Frost. ‘That is what being an actor is all about,’ declared Alexander. ‘The worst thing for us is when are typecast, which can happen so easily.’ Fortunately, this happens less the Audiobook/radio medium than on or film where visual concerns can be paramount.’ This recording of The Republic uses the new translation by Tom Griffith, who prepared it for Cambridge University Press. It will be released by CUP in the near future, but is ‘previewed’ by this abridgement made by the translator himself. ‘I started translating because I found that when I was teaching, and read from existing translations, I could see the interest fade from my pupils’ eyes, explained Griffith. ‘But I know this can capture the imagination and thoughts of young people, and so I started translating passages in language which was as contemporary as the original would have been in the fifth century B. C.’ The Republic is one of a number of translations he has now included – among others is Symposium.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Bruce Alexander

Length:

4h 50m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

04:24


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

03:54


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

02:20


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

03:10


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

09:45


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

05:17


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

05:07


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

08:20


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

03:58


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

07:17


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

03:27


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

07:11


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

04:54


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

07:31


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

06:05


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

00:43


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

09:22


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

00:59


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

03:15


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

00:43


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

05:20


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

03:12


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

03:41


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

06:06


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

03:12


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

09:42


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

04:50


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

03:51


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

05:31


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

05:55


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

04:42


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

03:23


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

03:48


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

02:14


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

02:57


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

04:53


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

03:10


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

04:36


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

07:08


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

09:04


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

03:52


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

04:06


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

01:24


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

04:03


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

07:29


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

07:09


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

05:17


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

08:21


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

09:42


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

01:28


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

03:37


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

03:40


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

03:13


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

06:21


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

03:49


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

05:05


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

04:12


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

02:22


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

04:36


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

04:09


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

01:21